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Here’s My Thing About the Drug Epidemic.

 

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So recently, I shared a post on Facebook that was simply a picture that started quite a discussion about how we view the responsibility of those utilizing drugs.  I wrote this post way back in August and I think it shares, pretty accurately, my heart for what I believe about the drug epidemic.

“I was recently asked to write a post for an English class about what one thing would “Make America Great Again.” And I ended up turning the post in late, because honestly, looking at this country there are just so many things that need to change.  But aside from the obvious (people turning back to Jesus), as this was obviously more of a policy post, what could be done?  So I wanted to share my post with you, because I think what I wrote about is pretty important.  I edited a few little things but for the most part this is exactly what my post looked like.

“There are so many things going on in the United States right now that greatly affect the nation as a whole.   So what one major thing should be changed in the United States to “Make America Great Again?” Health Care and Pharmaceuticals. Heard about the drug epidemic? Know someone personally that’s addicted? These are not “junkies.”  A lot of them are still kids.  And the worst dealers of all are those writing prescriptions for pain medicines.  Most of the time, it starts there.  Heroin addiction starts with prescription medicine more often than it starts with marijuana, as we were told it would when we were in middle school.  ‘Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids first’ (NIDA, 2017).  This epidemic and the attitude towards it need to change.   If those still struggling with addiction do not get help, they could face the same fate as their friends.  

If the pharmaceutical industry were more heavily regulated, I truly do not believe that the heroin epidemic would have ever started.  Doctors need to stop prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines without keeping careful control of how often and why their patients take them.  If they suspect that their patient has become dependent on one of these medicines, they need to stop prescribing it to them.  We are supposed to be able to trust doctors to provide for our health, not to work against it.”

Works Cited 

NIDA. (2017, July 1). Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin on 2017, July 28. “

Now, I’m going to add a bit more onto what I originally wrote.  While those kids (aka young adults) are not junkies, they do make choices along the way that lead them to eventually have to face the consequences of their actions.  It falls on both the doctors and those using when it gets to the point of using any kind of drug without a legitimate medical reason to do so.

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You are enough.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.  This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 John 4:4-6 NIV).  

I want you to do me a favor.  Stop allowing those voices that tell you that you’re not enough to creep in.  Give yourself some grace.  Remember, Jesus thought you were worth it.  You are so, so worth grace and forgiveness.  Forgive yourself.   

Whatever burden you are carrying right now, drop it.  I don’t know what it is.  But He does.  And that’s what matters.  Put it in His hands and leave it there.  Walk away and never look back.  I wish you could see what Jesus sees when He sees you.   

And, while we’re at it, look around.  Forgive everyone around you, too.  They don’t deserve it.  But guess what, it doesn’t matter.  When Jesus’ hands were nailed to a tree for you, neither did you. You never will deserve it.  If you could earn it, there wouldn’t have been a reason for Jesus to come.  It wouldn’t have been sacrificial love.  It wouldn’t have been forgiveness. You were an imperfect person while He was the perfect Son of God who CHOSE to come to earth and die for your sin.  

You’re hurting. You’re broken.  But your story isn’t over.  You just must flip the page.  Here’s the thing, you must make a conscious choice every day to flip the page.  You can’t be stagnant.  You must move on.  Life goes on.  And if you’re not actively seeking His kingdom, time is going to pass you by and you’re going to regret the time that you waste.   

Moral of the story: you are a child of God.  Therefore, focus on giving both yourself and others grace and forgiveness.  Because God is going to use you in ways that you can’t even imagine.   YouAreEnough

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Set High Standards

Disclaimer This was not written in the recent past. 

My mind has been on relationships a lot lately, particularly Christian relationships.  For a multitude of reasons.  And when I say relationships, I’m particularly talking about romantic relationships.

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If someone you are romantically interested in cannot put effort into prioritizing your relationship, they are not worth your time.

Please, hear me when I say that. I beg you.

You probably know what they are doing daily if you’re dating or “talking” to someone and if they can’t manage to talk to you on the phone on a semi regular basis or put the effort in to see you, why are you with them?  No one has so very little time that they cannot pick up the phone for 5 minutes to talk to someone that they like.  Moreso, if they want to be “with you,” they’re going to want to be with you hanging out.

If you know for a fact that they have plenty of time but are making it seem like they’re incredibly busy, stop talking to them (romantically). Stop giving them the time of day, because you are worth so much more than that and someone, someday will value you and put effort into a relationship with you.  Just because they refuse to do so right now doesn’t mean that you must settle for that kind of behavior.

Nope.  You can gracefully tell them that you deserve to be a priority and you can still be friends with that person if you’re both civil human beings.  But that doesn’t mean you should accept that in a romantic relationship.  Got it? Good. Because I feel like a broken record right now.

It’s perfectly okay to have high standards, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Gosh, I can’t even say how many times I’ve heard “You expect too damn much.” No, I don’t.  I don’t date for fun.  So I’m not looking for someone to just hang out with when I think about dating.  I’m considering whether they’d actually be someone I could see myself with.  Yeah, I know that’s a lot.  It’s a hell of a lot. But that’s living with intention.

It doesn’t mean we’re gonna get married.  It means we have similar values, interests, and most importantly, beliefs.  It means we can both be ourselves around each other. And preferably he’s not a giant stick in the mud.

High standards are a good thing.  Especially in Christian relationships.  You should be holding one another to high standards, especially once you are already dating.  Before you are dating, you should be looking for character traits that are indicative of strong character and a desire to honor and glorify God in everything.

You have to know that you are worth so much more than to not be valued.  So I’ll leave you with this — for a Christian relationship to succeed and flourish, Jesus must be your first focus.  Jesus must be the person you would like to date or are dating’s first focus. You can’t be one another’s primary focus.

“Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure”  (Psalm 62:5-6 CEV).

You cannot get your peace from another human being or anything else in this world.  I promise you that.  Peace only comes from Jesus.